Severe Gum Disease Ups the Risk of High Blood Pressure

Severe Gum Disease Ups the Risk of High Blood Pressure

New findings published in Hypertension, a journal of the American Heart Association, suggest that adults with periodontitis—a severe gum infection—face a significantly greater risk of developing high blood pressure than those with healthy gums. Scientists administered comprehensive periodontal exams that included thorough measures of gum disease severity, such as full-mouth dental plaque, gum bleeding and the depth of infected gum pockets. Results showed that apart from these common risk factors for heart problems, gum disease was linked to a higher risk of hypertension. What’s more, people with gum disease were twice as likely to exhibit a high systolic (the top number) blood pressure reading compared with people with healthy gums. Scientists also noted that active gum inflammation was associated with a higher systolic blood pressure reading.

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